Our Lead Toasters

Chris Comparato


Chris Comparato is Chief Executive Officer of Toast. He has an extensive background in leading high growth SaaS, software, and consulting companies with a focus on customer success and building strong teams. Prior to Toast, he led all customer success functions at Acquia (named Inc. 500 #1 fastest growing company) and Endeca (acquired by Oracle in 2011). He previously held roles at consulting firms Keane and Cambridge Technology Partners, where his track record of delivering innovative business technology to diverse industries started. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College.

Favorite toast: Italian, of course

Steve Fredette

President & Co-Founder

Steve Fredette is President and co-founder of Toast, where he leads product and innovation initiatives. Prior to Toast, he worked on mobile app development before the iPhone came out, creating the first Flickr and Shoebuy.com apps. At Endeca, now Oracle, he co-founded their mobile commerce business, building the product team and driving sales, marketing, and services to over $10 million in revenue in two years. He also ran the Special Operations team at Endeca, creating new prototypes for various customer and business needs, including Endeca’s business intelligence platform. Steve holds a BS degree from MIT.

Favorite toast: Marble rye

Aman Narang

President & Co-Founder

Aman Narang is President and co-founder of Toast. Prior to Toast, he worked on innovation initiatives at Endeca, now Oracle. Aman spearheaded the development of Endeca’s business intelligence platform as well as their mobile commerce platform, each of which became major business units. He holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from MIT and currently leads innovation and business development initiatives at Toast.

Favorite toast: Honey wheat

Jonathan Grimm

CTO & Co-Founder

Jonathan Grimm is CTO and co-founder of Toast. Prior to Toast, he held solution engineering and application development leadership roles at Endeca/Oracle, interacting with customers on a day-to-day basis and developing new frameworks for the development team. He now spearheads Toast’s software and technology efforts, focusing on scalable infrastructure and technology architecture. With a passion for startups, he leads initiatives to grow the business from a technology perspective. Jon holds a BS in Computer Science from MIT.

Favorite toast: Ciabatta, as a sandwich

Tim Barash


Tim Barash is the Chief Financial Officer at Toast, where he leads the company’s financial and strategic operations. Prior to Toast, he led finance and operations at venture-backed startup WeBook and founded record label Shock Value Records. Tim holds a BA in Finance from Stony Brook University.

Favorite toast: Cinnamon raisin

Emmanuelle Skala

SVP of Customer Success

Emmanuelle leads all the post-sale customer-facing functions at Toast as the Senior VP of Customer Success. She sits on the advisory board of four startups and is a frequent industry speaker and blogger. Prior to Toast, she lead Sales & Customer Success at DigitalOcean, scaled Influitive 10x in two years leading Sales, and ran the Global Channel Sales at Sophos. She was also the first hired sales person at  Endeca and Vertica and was fortunate to see both through rapid growth and successful acquisitions. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from New York University’s School of Business. 

Favorite toast: Wheat

Rick Lamy

SVP of Sales - Enterprise

Rick Lamy is Senior Vice President of Sales at Toast. He has extensive experience running sales and operations for Fortune 500 and early stage venture backed restaurant technology companies. While he started his career at NCR, Rick was instrumental in developing MICROS as the worldwide leading point of sale (POS) company in the restaurant and hotel industry during their formidable years. Since that time, he has been instrumental in building start up companies RetailDNA, eMac Digital, Exit41, City Eats (Food Network venture) and Zipscene. He is a graduate of Providence College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing.

Favorite toast: Overnight French

Jonathan Vassil

SVP of Sales - SMB

Jonathan Vassil leads the SMB sales organization as the Vice President of Sales - SMB. He has extensive experience in hyper growth businesses and offers a deep background in SMB sales, operations and marketplace development. He sits on the board of several early stage start-ups and is a business mentor at a leading Baltimore area start-up accelerator.  Prior to joining Toast, Jonathan held several sr leadership roles at GolfNow (Comcast), Orderup and Groupon. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds an MBA from The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. 

Favorite toast: Biscuit

Kevin Hamilton

SVP of Marketing

Kevin Hamilton serves as the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Toast. An experienced sales and marketing leader, Kevin most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT).  Prior to Benefitfocus, Kevin was an early employee at Opower where he served in a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles leading up to the company's successful initial public offering and subsequent acquisition by Oracle.  Kevin is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds an MBA in Finance from The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School. 

Favorite toast: English Muffin

Debra Fleig

VP of Customer Support

Debra Fleig leads a passionate team of technical professionals dedicated to supporting Toast customers and ensuring their success. Debra comes to Toast with deep experience running global customer care teams at Gazelle, Adobe, Hyperion and Oracle. Debra brings an innovative customer-focused and  analytical approach to designing and implementing strategies for long-term growth, improving profitability and exceeding customer expectations.

Favorite toast: Anadama

Michael Gutner

VP of Restaurant Success

Mike leads Restaurant Success at Toast, running the teams that help Toast restaurants get the most value from our platform. Prior to Toast, Mike spent almost ten years at Google building and scaling teams delivering consultative and technical services to publishers and advertisers spanning the ad serving ecosystem, and driving a culture of empowerment and performance throughout customer-facing organizations. Mike also spent four years in the early-stage start-up world in Boston with Rest Devices, leading sales, customer success, marketing, and people ops initiatives. He holds a B.S. in Geophysics from Yale University.

Favorite toast: Sourdough

John Morrison

VP of Services

John Morrison is Vice President of Services at Toast. With a focus on customer success and consistent quality delivery, John comes to Toast with 15+ years of hospitality and technology experience. He has held roles in Restaurant Operations, POS implementation, sales and customer service. Prior to Toast, John was the General Manager for the MICROS Mid Atlantic District Office, with annual revenue of over $10 Million. Most recently he led the North America Consulting/Services team for the Oracle/Micros F&B Division, responsible for POS deployment in both US and Canada. John has a BA in Philosophy from Hamilton College.

Favorite toast: English muffin

Jonathan Dack

VP of Information Technology

Jonathan Dack is the VP of Information Technology. With over 20 years of global IT and Operational experience, Jonathan is always looking for new and creative ways to improve the effective use of technology, while focusing on cost efficiency and alignment with corporate business goals. Prior to Toast, Jonathan held several leadership positions in consulting, legal, and non-profit industries. He holds a B.Sc. in Computing & Information Systems from the University of London, in addition to PMP and CISSP accreditations.

Favorite toast: Crumpet

Hugh Scandrett

SVP of Engineering

Hugh Scandrett is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Toast. He is responsible for leading the development of Toast products in addition to aiding the company in scaling, strategic growth, and meeting long-term goals. Specializing in enterprise software and SaaS technology, Hugh has created and run engineering teams for both startups and established companies. Scandrett previously worked at EnerNOC, Kronos, and IBM Rational, among others. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of several advisory boards, including: Mirah, Continuum and VPE Forum.

Favorite toast: English muffin

Yi Chen

VP of Product

Yi Chen is VP of Product for Toast, where he drives product direction with a focus on innovation, quality, and customer experience. Yi comes to Toast with over a decade of experience in the restaurant industry, giving him a firsthand understanding of the complexities and needs of restaurant owners and operators. Prior to Toast, he held several project engineering leadership roles at GE before returning to graduate school to earn an MBA at Harvard Business School. He also holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.

Favorite toast: Hawaiian sweet bread

Nick DeLeonardis

VP of Business Services

Nick Leonardis is the VP of Business Services at Toast, deepening the range of financial services offered to customers. Most recently, Nick was Senior Vice President of Credit Trading at the Harvard Management Company.  Nick also held senior investment roles at two hedge funds focusing on distressed credit, event-driven and special situations.  Nick began his career at Wachovia Securities (now Wells Fargo) as an investment banking analyst where he originated leverage loans and high yield bonds.  Nick holds a BA in Economics from Wake Forest University, and a MBA from MIT Sloan. 

Favorite toast: Cinnamon raisin

Brian Elworthy

General Counsel

Brian Elworthy is General Counsel at Toast, where he is responsible for managing all of the company’s legal affairs. Before joining Toast, he served as Assistant General Counsel at inVentiv Health, a global provider of commercial and clinical solutions to the pharma industry. Brian began his legal career at Ropes & Gray, spending six years practicing in the private equity/M&A groups. Brian earned his JD from Georgetown University and his BA from Middlebury College.

Favorite toast: Cranberry pecan

Ben Gordon

Chief Architect

Ben Gordon is the Chief Architect at Toast, where he leads the development of scalable infrastructure and technology solutions. Prior to Toast, Ben was Co Founder and CTO of a machine learning and high performance middleware startup that was acquired by one of the largest automated digital advertising exchanges.  Ben has held the position of Chief Architect at AOL, Advertising.com and Millennial Media where he focused on internet scale distributed systems and architected digital media and data management platforms. Ben holds a BA in Music Technology from Berklee College of Music, and a CPC from The Johns Hopkins University.

Favorite toast: Challah French Toast

Board Members

Steve Papa

Board Member

Steve Papa is an experienced founder, investor, and startup mentor. He was the founder and CEO of Endeca, which he sold to Oracle for $1 billion in 2011. Steve has held key roles in redefining technology companies over the last 20 years and has been helping the Toast team from founding as chairman. He has a BSE in Engineering and Economics from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Favorite toast: Banana bread

Kent Bennett

Board Member

Kent Bennett, a Partner in Bessemer's Cambridge office, joined BVP in 2008. At Bessemer Kent has been involved in several investments in the food sector including subscription food concept Blue Apron as well as data infrastructure companies Endeca and Vertica. Before joining Bessemer, Kent wrote and sold original screenplays including a network television pilot and a feature film. He has a BSE in Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Favorite toast: English muffin

Paul Bell

Board Member

Paul Bell has been Operating Partner at Lead Edge Capital since 2013 where he has worked with portfolio companies including Xamarin, Spredfast and Kapost.  Prior to that he was at Dell for 15 years where he served variously as president of the EMEA region, the Americas region, the global Consumer and Small Business unit, and the global Large Enterprise and Public Sector unit.  He has an MBA from Yale and BS and BA degrees from Penn State.

Favorite toast: Brioche

Game Changers

Adam Mavrikos
RVP of Sales
Joe Starzec
RVP of Sales
Brian O'Hare
RVP of Sales
Samantha Trudo
RVP of Sales
Larry Benoit
Director of Sales Enablement
Jennifer Leary
Director, Sales Productivity
Ming-Tai Huh
Director of Partnerships
Ross Nibur
Director of Business Development
Colleen Miller
Sr. Director of Product Management
Jennifer DiRico
Director of FP&A
John McGrath
Director of Strategic Finance
Jackie Steele
Director of People & Culture
Molly Donaher
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Ellery Fink
Senior Director of Services
Kevin LaBrie
Director of Customer Support
Herb Dilema
Director of Customer Support
Robert Hale
Sr. Director of Marketing, Demand Generation
Derek Stangle
Director of Product Marketing
Kelly Esten
Sr. Director of Product & Partner Marketing
Margot Koehler
Director of Content Marketing
Teddy Tsang
Director of Consumer Products
Alex Pirrotta
Greg Waldman
Director, Data Science and Business Intelligence
Osi Peters
Senior Director of Engineering
Noah Vihinen
Director of Engineering
Emil Sit
Director of Engineering
Ben Ho
Director of Engineering
Don Anderson
Director, Technical Escalation Management
Brook Stevens
Director of Engineering
Tim Fredette
Senior Principal Engineer
Robert McGarry
Director of Labs, Dublin
Ben Popp
Director of Engineering
Brian Saunders
Director of R&D Operations
Oleg Golberg
Senior Principal Engineer
Martin Kressirer
Senior Principal Engineer
Jackson Li
Senior Principal Engineer
Masa Horiyama
Senior Principal Engineer
Biju Nair
Director of Product Management, Payments
Patrick Tibbetts
Director of QA
John McNamara
Director of Hardware Product Management
Jim Barber
Director of Hardware Engineering
Max Newell
Director of Dev Ops
Anthony Fusco
Director of Hardware Operations
Julisa Salas
Director of Growth
Patrick Brien
Director, Service Delivery
Erin Cotterel
Director, Customer Education